Denbigh School Year Six Virtual Tour
Welcome from the Head and CEO
Welcome to our Year 6 Open Evening microsite. This page will offer you comprehensive information about Denbigh School as well as giving an opportunity to experience life at our school.
This site includes:
- A welcome video from Mr Andy Squires and Dr Andrea Frame, CEO of the Denbigh Alliance Multi-Academy Trust and Head of School.
- A video tour of Denbigh School.
- An interactive map with information from our Faculty teams.
- Further information regarding life at Denbigh School and wider support systems.
Visit the Faculties at Denbigh School
Our interactive map offers you the chance to visit each Faculty at Denbigh School.
Click on each Faculty to view a video, the Year 7 learning journey and answers to some questions frequently asked at our Open Evenings.
Social Sciences at Denbigh
Clubs, Trips and Visits
At Denbigh School, we believe that trips and visits contribute significantly to a holistic education. Students enjoy themselves and have memorable experiences; they have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and apply their learning to the “real world”. They also acquire new skills and face challenges that enrich their schooling and develop character. During 2018-9, Denbigh offered 67 day trips and 23 residential trips. In Year 7, students go to Warwick Castle, enhancing their understanding of History. From Year 9 upwards, students are invited to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme which involves a walking expedition with overnight camping. Students develop independence and resilience through this, especially in navigating their route and avoiding getting lost!
We offer a number of trips abroad every year. The A level Physics trip to CERN to see the Hadron Collider in Geneva is a favourite amongst our Year 13 student; we offer exchange visits to France and Germany, including sixth form work experience in Caen for A level French students. Our GCSE History students to Berlin to develop understanding of the Holocaust. More locally, students take part in competitions and events such as The Robotics competition for Year 7 – 8 students; an careers for girls held at Bletchley Park and the Ada Lovelace Computing Challenge, amongst many others.
In July, we disband the timetable for 2 days to run “Activities Days” – the highlight of the school year for many students. Students can take part in a wide range of trips, or activities in school. Our most popular trips include a day at Alton Towers; visiting Harry Potter World; taking a trip to a recording studio for the day; mini-golf; Wake-Boarding and cycling around Milton Keynes.
Student voice is very important at Denbigh School and is led through three strands:
- Student and House Council
- Satellite Groups
- Students as learning partners
The student council meet twice a week, the house council meets once a week. Students on these councils have been through an election and nomination process to reach their position or through an application process. They are supported by a member of the leadership team and present at leadership team meetings. The house and student council are run by the students with an elected president and vice president.
Purpose of Student and House Councils
- To give students an opportunity to contribute towards decision-making, which will be supportive of their educational experiences at Denbigh.
- To give students an opportunity to contribute directly towards teaching and learning at Denbigh School.
- To provide practical opportunities for students to be involved in democratic processes.
- Opportunity to support charities.
We have a set of Satellite groups that students are able to become apart of. The Satellite groups embody areas students are interested in, that they want to promote and work towards within school. Some of our Satellite groups are Eco schools, Youth SACRE, ICT and Remembrance.
Students as Learning Partners
Students are trained to work with teachers to support teaching and learning in the school.
After students are trained, they work with a teacher over the year. They meet with the teacher to agree a focus for the observation, observe a lesson and then feedback to the teacher.
Teachers are complimentary of the support they have from students. It supports them to understand the students learning from a different perspective.
Students appreciate the training; they are able to gain real insight into the teaching and learning and feel that they have an impact on the lessons taught in school.
To find out more about our Student Voice and see what our students have to say, please read:
Open Evening Student Voice
We have a dedicated team of teaching and support staff who provide individual and group support to students. Our Pastoral support is based around getting to know and understanding the needs of our students. We believe that providing routines and structure throughout our school community enable students to feel safe and achieve.
The Pastoral team work closely with support staff, including our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team, to provide support that is focused on the needs of our students. Support may be provided by Pastoral Leaders and Tutors as well as our School Counsellor, Pastoral Mentor, Pastoral Assistant, Teaching Assistants and staff with specialist roles within the school. Some students may also receive support from professionals from outside our school community and we facilitate this support wherever possible.
Students are placed into one of our five Houses, Brunel, Curie, Darwin, Newton and Stephenson, which provide structure to our Pastoral support. Each House has a Pastoral Leader who has an oversight of student wellbeing, attendance and behaviour in school. Each Pastoral Leader works closely with Tutors, class teachers, support staff and parents to support students throughout their time at Denbigh School.
Your child’s Tutor will be your main point of contact at Denbigh School and students meet with their Tutor every day. Tutors will monitor all aspects of school life and provide consistent support throughout each week including the celebrations of achievements and outstanding contributions of our students. During Tutorial sessions, students will follow a programme of study incorporating PSHEE, structured around our school values of be engaged, be kind and respectful and do no harm.
Each House also has a dedicated team of House Presidents and Vice House Presidents who are members of the Sixth Form. The House President team are a visible presence for students, providing aspirational role models and encouragement. House Presidents may lead assemblies, provide support to individual students, run House Councils and provide leadership for House competitions.
We invite students from all Houses and Years to take part in our exciting Interhouse competitions. Students compete to earn House points and our Interhouse competitions run throughout the whole year. We run a range of competitions so there is always something for everyone to take part in.
Interhouse events include the Denbigh MasterChef competition, where students work in small teams to produce a two-course meal for our judges, Gladiator competition, quizzes, tug of war and a table tennis tournament.
The Progress Leader’s key role is to ensure that students maximise the academic opportunities that are available at Denbigh School.
Each Progress Leader stays with their students as they move through the school; this ensures that there is a continuity of academic support. Our goal is that, when students reach Year 11, they have the confidence and ability to reach their potential in GCSE assessments and examinations.
The Progress Leader has a range of data and information useful to monitor each student. Students are expected to complete their homework and be engaged in their learning and the Progress Leader’s role is to celebrate this. This positive culture motivates all students to contribute and succeed. The Progress Leader also celebrates the achievements of students in extra-curricular activities including within Performing Arts, Sports, and charity work within the community.
Monitoring of the academic progress that every student is making enables proactive support. The Progress Leader coordinates intervention when required, for example, one-to-one mentoring, additional sessions and bespoke careers advice. The Progress Leader is also integral when considering students’ GCSE options and ensuring that students and parents are fully informed regarding their curriculum options.
The Progress Leader works closely with all staff to evaluate the progress of students and consider whether they are making the most of their opportunities in all aspects of school life.
Senior Leadership Team
Mr A. Squires
Leadership of The Denbigh Alliance Multi Academy Trust
Dr A. Frame
Head of School
Strategic Leadership of Denbigh School
Mr P. Myers
Deputy Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Trust Designated Safeguarding Lead
Safeguarding, Curriculum, Staff and Student Well Being
Mr A. Steed
Teaching & Learning, Achievement
Mrs H. Brown
Timetable, Options, Extra-Curricular Activities
Miss L. Dale
Director of Teaching School, Senior Professional Tutor, Teaching and Learning
Mrs C. Flowers
Assistant Headteacher, SENCO
Special Education Needs and Disabilities, the PSHE Curriculum, Tutorial and Assemblies, Reading Strategy
Mrs H. Fry
Student Attendance and Behaviour, Year 7 Transition
Mr P. Gannaway
Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Head of Sixth Form, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs J. Goudriaan
Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
SMSC, Careers, Student Voice, Vocational Champion, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr J. Waters
Student Progress and Achievement, Punctuality to Lessons, Homework Completion, PIXL Lead
Watch our Live Open Event
Prospective parents and students are invited to watch our Year 6 Open Evening Facebook live event with an exclusive presentation from our Head of School. To watch the event, please provide your contact details below and you will receive a copy of our most recent prospectus.
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